Saint girls hold on against Panthers

By Kristi Nixon

MANLY — The St. Ansgar girls’ basketball team’s aggressive nature nearly came back to haunt it.

Aubrey Hoeft of Central Springs, left, reaches in and forces a turnover against the Saints’ Josie Jahr in the St. Ansgar girls’ basketball team’s opener, a 43-41 win over the Panthers. EJ Photo/Kristi Nixon

Foul trouble led to a pair fouling out in the fourth quarter and two more finishing with four as Central Springs mounted a furious fourth quarter rally only for coach Scott Cakerice’s Saints to hang on for the 43-41 win in their season road opener on Tuesday, Nov. 28.

“You don’t put the ball in the basket, you can’t blitz as much as you’d like to,” Cakerice said. “You can’t press as much; we’re still learning. All it came down to is we got a ‘W’.”

Building a sizable first-half lead, St. Ansgar had six points each from starters Amelia Porisch and Lindsay Kruse in leading 28-12 at the break.

“That first half we were feeling pretty good about ourselves,” Cakerice said. “Central Springs battled hard, came back, and give them credit for that. They need to hang their hat on that and understand they’ve got to play four quarters – they’ll win some ball games.”

The full story, and more photos, will be found in the Dec. 6 print and e-editions of the Enterprise Journal.

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